It looks like the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre’s $8.5 million helipad project is set to be up and running before too long.
That’s according to Murray Crawford, Senior Operating Officer with Alberta Health Service who says the project will be completed in either late this year or early 2019.
He tells Mix News the only thing inhibiting a precise completion deadline is standard air safety precautions.
“We’re sort of held to the NAV-Canada standard. So, it has to go through a commissioning process which we just haven’t got a date set up for that but we are hoping to set one for late December and if not early January and by then we will hopefully be fully operational.”
The helipad will allow for easier patient transportation to the Health Centre – as opposed to airlifting patients to Edmonton in case of emergencies.
Crawford adds once completed – around 63 air ambulance helicopters are expected to use the landing on an annual basis.
“Any form of accident depending on severity would be able to use the helicopter landing. And it’s great for the staff too because they just want to provide the highest quality care to the people in Fort McMurray.”
Crawford notes that the Willow Square Continuing Care Centre is also coming along quite well and is looking at a completion date in the early fall of next year.
“That’s set to be finished in September of 2019 and It will also go through a commissioning period to make sure all the plumbing, heating and everything works. We’ll move all the equipment in and we will make sure it is ready to be occupied before any residents move in.”
The Willow Square price tag has totalled $110 million and the facility is expected to be open in 2020.